What I Wish To Embrace In 2010
January 3, 2010
INTRODUCTION: Last week we looked at what we wish to leave behind in 2009. I am reminded of Heb 12:1
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
Dr. Bob Pierce, founder of Samaritan’s Purse lived by a principal called “God Room”. That’s the phrase he coined that simply means believing God to meet a need that is bigger than your human abilities to meet. Here is how it works as explained by Franklin Graham who succeeded Bob Piece who died in 1979.
You see a need you believe God wants you to meet, but no matter what you do, you just can’t bring it about. After you have exhausted all your human effort, there’s still a gap. That’s when you pray and leave room for God to work. You can trust Him to close the gap and watch a miracle unfold by His own provision.
Franklin said, Bob told me, “faith isn’t required as long as you set your goal only as high as the most intelligent and expert human efforts can reach.” You don’t exercise faith until you have committed more than it’s possible to give. Nothing is a miracle until it reaches the place where the utmost that human effort can do still isn’t enough. God has to fill that gap - that room- between what’s possible and what He wants done that’s impossible. That’s “God Room.”
Those who think they had reached spiritual maturity will not see the need to pursue a better condition. Paul felt he had not reached a state of non-development. His ultimate goal still lay ahead of him.
Paul, not unlike Samuel, knew the Lord had “helped” him “thus far” and he knew He would never forsake him.
1 Samuel 7:12, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us.’"
Charles Spurgeon, “The ...
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